Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and what better way to prepare for the day of love by catching up on some Valentine-worthy movies? There are so many romantic films out there. Some are hilarious and upbeat, others are mysterious and playful, and many are serious dramas that leave you crying. The list below has a mix of comedies, tear jerkers, foreign films and the odd and the mysterious. So gather up the popcorn, chocolates, and maybe a few tissues, sit back, and enjoy.
In “Two Weeks Notice“, starring Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, Bullock reluctantly goes to work for Grant as a lawyer expecting to promote environmental and community change while working for his money grubbing company. However, she eventually realizes that the ulcers and stress is not worth the effort working for a man that has to have her opinion on everything (like what bed to choose or what’s the difference between linen and cotton stationary). But as soon as she tries to ditch her horrible boss, he realizes that he needs her in his life. I watch this show at least once a year and it never fails to make me laugh.
In “Bridesmaids“, Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married and she wants her best friend Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) to be the maid of honor. In what follows, Annie slowly hits rock bottom financially, socially, and romantically as tensions rise between her and another bridesmaid. So many things go wrong for Annie, but those situations make excellent comedy. Throughout the film I found myself laughing so hard I cried!
Break out the tissues for “The Painted Veil” starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. In this drama set in the 1920’s, Norton, a physician and bacteriologist, takes his adulterous wife to rural China where there is a cholera epidemic. Slowly, the distance and resentment between the two fades, and Watts falls in love with her husband for the first time. This film took my breath away because of the depth of the love story, the flawed and human characters, and the beauty of the setting.
I don’t think the movie “Remember Me” got the attention it deserves. When it first came out, I was even reluctant to see it, but I’m glad I did. The film surprised and moved me. Tyler (Robert Pattison) drifts through college and work without any direction and he has all but given up at making his workaholic father proud. However, through a string of coincidences, he meets a girl (Emilie De Raven) who gives him new meaning and purpose to his life and who makes him want to be a better man. Be forewarned! This film will make you cry.
In “Amelie”, a quirky and hilarious french movie, Amelie (Audrey Tautou) seeks to do simple act of kindness for people in her life, whether it be match making or showing a blind man to the train station. However, as Amelie helps more and more people find happiness, she can’t help but wish for her own happiness and true love. Strange but heartfelt, this film always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
“Monsoon Wedding“ is a film set in India and directed by Mira Nair. This colorful and beautiful movie introduces you to Aditi Verma (Vasundhara Das), a woman who can’t forget her former lover but who is letting her father choose her husband, a man who she has only known for a few weeks. The film, like most Bollywood movies, is full of subplots and minor characters that fall in love or confront familial crises. Tensions run high throughout the movie, but a somewhat happy and satisfying ending will leave you with hope.
Quirky and Mysterious Films
Perfect for Valentine’s day, “Chocolat“ is full of love, indulgence, and, of course, chocolate. Starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, and Johnny Depp, the movie is set during lent in a small French village in the 50s. Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter set up a chocolate shop and entice the villagers with exotic chocolates, passion, and a new way of viewing the world. However, the Compte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina), the man that insists on being the moral center of the village, takes it upon himself to stop Vianne and her immoral ways from corrupting his village.
“Away We Go“ is an independent film that can make you laugh one moment and grow quiet the next, this amazing movie follows a couple, Burt and Verona (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph), trying to find a place to settle down in time for their child to be born. They journey across America and Canada from the north to the south and back again visiting family, obscene bosses, old friends, and insane acquaintances.